The Miami Dolphins have been decimated by injuries the last few weeks, highlighted by multiple injuries to the offensive line on Sunday. With all of the injuries, this week should be a busy one for the Dolphins, who will be making several roster moves to bolster the team.
Miami is expected to place center Mike Pouncey and linebacker Chris McCain on injured reserve this week. Pouncey injured his foot during the game, while McCain sustained a knee injury. The Dolphins also lost offensive tackle Branden Albert during the game, but he is expected to be able to return this year. The placing of Pouncey and McCain on injured reserve will open Miami's roster for two players.
The Dolphins will also pick up a roster spot this week when the three-week requirement for keeping a player on the active roster after poaching him from another team's practice squad expires on defensive tackle Robert Thomas II. Thomas signed with Miami on December 1 from the New England Patriots' practice squad. He injured an elbow in his first game with the Dolphins and was placed on injured reserve. This week's game against the San Diego Chargers marked the completion of the three week mark for the Dolphins since adding Thomas.
Miami will have to add offensive linemen this week to add depth to an already questionable offensive line. The end of the game saw the Dolphins using a line consisting of Ulrick John at left tackle in his NFL debut, Dallas Thomas at left guard, Jamil Douglas at center, Billy Turner at right guard, and Jason Fox at right tackle. Miami cannot afford to put that same offensive line on the field on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, risking quarterback Ryan Tannehill's health on every snap.
The next couple of days should see the Dolphins make several roster moves as the team looks to add depth to an ailing roster.